Flowers Against Bullets is an Austrian festival designed to bring people together. We want to show that humanity lives not in different countries, not in different cultures, but on ONE planet. No matter where you grew up, what your upbringing or religion is: you love, you grieve, you rejoice. Life is too short to waste it on degrading other people who can make your life better

The name of the festival speaks for itself. Absolutely anyone who has been to the scene of the war will not say anything good about the war. People support the war because of a hateful propaganda, because of prejudices, because of any misconceptions, but only until they have been in the war. We decided to hold our festival in the center of Europe, in Vienna, in one of the most beautiful cities with a rich history

War is a horror, the consequences of which haunt one's entire life. Unfortunately, even knowing history, knowing the consequences of war, armed conflicts constantly arise, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. Since war is impossible without the support of the population, we seek to dispel the illusions of people who see in it a solution. We want, with our help, to bring people closer to understanding the real consequences of war

In order to hold as many views as possible on our festival, we urge not to be afraid to experiment and use absolutely any genre and techniques. Think of Taika Waititi's great work "Jojo Rabbit" or Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful" - great examples of how comedy can play on contrasts and make the audience empathize with the tragedy of people

We are open to movies of any format and genre. Films don't have to have a military theme. It is important to show how destructive hatred is to our world and how many opportunities it closes off for humanity

We have three main nominations that deserve the special attention of the audience. These nominations are designed to capture the spirit of our festival. In the other nominations, we will judge a specific contribution to the creation of a film

RED CROSS The main award of the film festival. It is awarded to the film which was able to tell about the consequences of the war better than the others

PRIZE OF CULTURES The award is given to the work that best reveals the idea of friendship between nations

WHITE DOVE Award for the best report from the scene of events ( meetings or military actions)

Best Director
Best Documentary
Best Screenplay
Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Animation
Best Cinematography
Best VFX
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Costume Designer
Best Editing
Best Music Score
Best Sound Design

Each winner receives a certificate, promotion in our social networks and the opportunity to show your film at our festival

All works should reveal the theme of war or people's vain hatred for each other

The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2023

Works of any length and in any language are accepted (English subtitles are required).

It is desirable to accompany the work with a short note in which the author will tell about the main idea, the place of shooting and work on the film, as well as about his personal experience of facing war and hatred

Overall Rating
  • Purveyors of meaningful art and historical satire.... my kind of people.

    June 2023
  • On behalf of all the people involved in my first short, we would like to thank you for Award 'Luca' at your Festival, it means a lot to us all.

    May 2023
  • Thank you, FAB team. Being part of such a fantastic film festival, a lovely experience, with friendly communication and promptness, was an honour. Well-organised, also smooth technical handling was truly impressive. I hope that the film festival will constantly develop.

    May 2023
  • This is a great festival. We are very happy to be part of it. Definitely plan to submit again.

    May 2023
  • Delighted that my challenging script "And We Were Left Darkling" was chosen Award Winner for Best Script. Thank you. Very encouraging.

    May 2023